Jay, Iíve had opportunities to surf behind just a few boats. The best so far is my maxed-out Lightning Ė but only on the Port-Regular side. The Starboard goofy wake takes a lot of work and a few tricks to make it come close.
First be careful and take your time experimenting. I donít think that more weight is the key, it does help. I think that the key on the Lighting is the list, the closer the list is to 20 degrees the better the wake is. The rub rail has to be in the water for a good wake, Iíve had the Centurion lettering in the water, now thatís a good wake. We saw that when our big guy hiked out on the side of the boat the wake improved dramatically. Weíve taken some flack for hiking out and so have mended our ways; Iíve built tower weight racks for my boat and put 80 pounds on them for surfing.
With the set up you describe I think youíll need weight in the bow. You might consider a few pop bags. You can place pop bags closer to the gunnels and add weight that makes the boat list more. The more you move weight from the center line the more effective it will be making the boat list. Weíve even moved wakeboards from one rack to the other.
You might also consider adding a sack under the port bench seat.
I sometimes get spray in my face as well. If this is a problem for you Iím betting that the pocket is a little short, moving weight upfront will help.
I run trim tab up on the regular side and 100% to75% down for the goofy side. Iím not sure why the goofy side needs the trim tab, weíve played with it many times and keep returning to a goofy set up with the trim tab down.
Tower mounted racks - maxed out ballast
Pretty good surfing wake - end of the 2006 season